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Fastest-Growing Careers
These are the occupations expected to have the largest rate of growth over a 10-year period. This does not mean these are the occupations with the most openings. You can view this list for any state by changing the location shown to the left.
We found 605 growing occupations in North Carolina.
Rank Occupation Employment Percent Change Earnings Typical Education
2016 2026
1
Statisticians
1,190
1,690
42%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearMaster's degree
2
Physician assistants
4,510
6,210
38%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearMaster's degree
3
Software developers, applications
25,500
35,150
38%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearBachelor's degree
4
Solar photovoltaic installers
500
690
38%
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
5
Actuaries
390
530
36%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearBachelor's degree
6
Nurse practitioners
4,440
6,030
36%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearMaster's degree
7
Information security analysts
3,540
4,710
33%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearBachelor's degree
8
Operations research analysts
2,320
3,070
33%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearBachelor's degree
9
Bicycle repairers
580
770
32%
Median wage is between $27,100 to $38,290 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
10
Personal care aides
24,510
32,390
32%
Median wage is less than $27,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent